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MEC Northern lite jacket
For those who are not into counting every last ounce the MEC Northern Lite jacket probably offers the best bang for the buck. It uses the best Primaloft insulation with a good face fabric impregna...

In GEAR » Micro Puff Jacket vs.U.L.Thermawrap Parka
November 11, 9:54am

Re: Anyone used SD Wicked Fast Bag?
I also had a look at one when I did my due diligence for an UL 32 F bag. While it looks good on paper there were some things I didn't like about it. I don't really like the "top bag" concept beca...

In GEAR » Anyone used SD Wicked Fast Bag?
November 10, 7:26am

Quoted from the release: "However, the 30 ml kit still weighs only 2.9 oz, and treats up to 30 ml of water. " 30 mL to treat 30 mL? Math doesn't add up unless we're drinking the Klearwater s...

In GEAR » Klearwater.
November 09, 7:13am

Washing 800+ fill down.
Does anyone have a good way of doing this. I read the FAQ in Nunatak's website as a start but someone must have some "fine pointers". Opinions on Nikwax Down Soap? Any alternatives? TIA.

In GEAR » Washing 800+ fill down.
November 01, 8:44am

Re: Re: anhydrous ethanol
Vick, I gave your comment some thought and got a new, sealed bottle of anhydrous C2H5OH along with some 95%. I tried a little experiment last night. Burned anhydrous ethanol, 95% ethanol, and ...

In GEAR » "dehydrated" alcoholic beverages
November 01, 3:34am

Hennessy UL Backpacker
That's the hammock I used. The condensation problem came about because I set up the fly in "lockdown mode" due to the lake effect thunderstorm with gail force winds that night. Ordinarily, ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Killarney 2005 UL trip report
October 31, 5:50pm

trekking pole use.
I use them. I find that in any terrain short of flat they take alot of stress off the knees, and my upper body gets a workout. Kinda like nordic trackin' on the trail. That and I use a tar...

In GEAR » Trekking Poles-To use or not to use?
October 31, 5:41pm

Sleeping bag as a system component.
I think its a wise idea to get a lighter bag and push its temperature range by making it part of a sleep system. For instance. You could get the Montbell Superstretch #3 and push it into the ...

In GEAR » need a new bag ya'll
October 31, 11:44am

anhydrous ethanol
I recently tried some anhydrous ethanol (100%) in my red bull stove. Burns dirtier than methyl hydrate but its good for blackening my pot. I'm not sure if there is a real advantage in terms of BT...

In GEAR » "dehydrated" alcoholic beverages
October 30, 9:40pm

Eye exam
I'm not sure if this applies to the US but if you go into an eyeglass dispenser for a free prescription check/ contact lens try-out you can pick up some artificial tears samplers in 3 mL dropper bo...

In Gear Swap » Help: Looking for MicroDrop Dropper Bottle
October 28, 11:51am

All Reader Reviews by John Chan

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Integral Designs Siltarp 2
This is now my preferred mode of tarping. After experimenting with cat-cut tarps, hammocks, tee-pee tarps, I have concluded that the most versatile configuration is the standard flat 8 x 10 silnylon ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
August 12, 9:41pm

Montbell Breeze Dry-Tec UL overbag (M)
I have used this bivy for 1 full season now. Compared to the BMW Vapor bivy this overbag has several plusses and minuses. The advantages 1. No stakeout points. This may seem counterintuitive, ...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
August 12, 9:33pm

MiniBullDesigns Trek 3
The MBD Trek 3 is the fully pressurized version of their original side-burner. There is no priming cup. You must add the denatured alcohol via small hole on top of the stove after unscrewing a wing-...

In Stoves - Alcohol
August 09, 7:11am

Vargo 1.3 L Titanium Pot
Very well made item. On the bottom of the pot it says "made in Japan" which from the dimensions, suggests that its an Evernew pot without the pot handles. I'm not sure how long the non-stick surface...

In Cookware - Titanium
August 09, 6:59am

Mountain Laurel Designs Prophet 25/30
Recieved my MLD Prophet 30 the other day. Its a pretty simple design but will probably do what I envisioned it to: carry a UL 3-day summer kit. I had Ron make some small modifications to my pack lik...

In Backpacks - Frameless
May 09, 9:17am

Nunatak Skaha Plus
Recently took delivery on my much anticipated Skaha Plus down sweater. Two long, anxious months from concept to delivery but boy, was it worth it. I had Tom build a sweater in Quantum shell/ 0.8...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
December 24, 7:53pm

Golite Hex 3
I recently applied UL philosophies to group camping so I replaced my MH Trango 2 tent with a Golite Hex 3. This week, I took the Hex 3 on a planned circumnavigation of the 100 km LaCloche Silhouette ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 26, 5:09pm

Princeton Tech Aurora
Probably the best overall LED headtorch on the market. Ample light, ample light settings, great battery longevity.

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
November 08, 1:13pm

MSR Titan Kettle
Great primary pot for 1 or 2 if you are going to boil water and add. I have even used it for cooking rice (you'll need a pot cozy). I gave it a 4 because of the flimsy handles but I guess for UL coo...

In Cookware - Titanium
November 08, 1:11pm

Montane Featherlite
I've been using the Montane Featherlite Smock as a replacement for a bulky hardshell and its worked great so far. The Pertex fabric with DWR really does well in light precipitation and even in the oc...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
November 08, 10:34am